It Can Wait: Don’t Tweet or Text While Driving
Hi my name is Alex Stevens and I text while driving….every day of my life. I admit, I have a texting problem, or more aptly an iPhone problem. It is my firm belief that your iphone, much like duct tape, can fix just about anything. Traffic? Perfect, let me check twitter. Red light? I wonder what my roommate is up to. More traffic? UGH google traffic map. The possibilities are endless, how anyone ever got through the boredom of driving without a phone is beyond me.
But, Wednesday, September 19 I’m pledging to end my texting while driving obsession. Did you know, people who text while driving are 23 times more likely to get into a car crash than drivers who don’t? Over 100,000 car crashes caused by texting lead to life changing injuries and even death. But this would never happen to me, right? I’m safe while I text and drive. False, there is no such thing as safe texting while driving. In fact, 97% of teens say they know texting while driving is dangerous, and yet 43% admit to doing it themselves. 77% claim to have seen their parents text while driving and 75% say it is common for friends to text while drive.
In a world where we are constantly distracted by a multitude of things, we need to remember that some things require our full attention. Lets take back the roads and admit driving is an activity that takes precedence. It can wait. Texting can always wait.
September 19 take the pledge with me, because no text is worth the risk. Visit (http://www.itcanwait.org) and sign the pledge today, or dedicate your pledge on Facebook.
You can also tell everyone, it can wait by downloading the AT&T DriveMode App. (www.att.com/drivemod) When enabled, the app automatically sends a customizable reply to incoming texts – much like an “out-of-office” alert – notifying the sender that the user is driving and unable to respond. The app also provides the option to send calls directly to voicemail, and to send an auto-reply to emails. It’s the perfect way to let your friends know, hey, I’m here, but I’ll get back to you when I’m in a safer environment.
Want to hear more about the It Can Wait pledge? AT&T is graciously sponsoring our September Sports & Social Media panel on September 19 at Dirty Bar. They will be on site talking about the cause and demoing their newest products. You can also try your luck at the texting while driving simulation challenge. Did we mention free food, drink specials and a koozie for the first 100 guests? It’s too good to be true, but we promise it’s real. Register today at: (http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3704592536/efblike)We hope to see you!
Follow the movement on twitter with the hashag, #itcanwait or tweet your questions to @ATT.